Sunday Digest

Some Sunday reading for your education and entertainment … please feel free to leave a comment.

An informative article by Kiwi writer Jude Gillies on nutrients and their use in the garden.

Some of the winning images from this year’s RHS Photographic Competition. The wildlife photos are fantastic! And as for the delphinium garden …

Did you know there’s something called the Gardening World Cup? Me neither, till I chanced on this article. It’s held in Nagasaki, Japan in the grounds of a copy of a famous Dutch castle and garden. Jim Fogarty of Australia, who is coming to head up the judging panel at next year’s Ellerslie, won the event in 2011. This link takes you to the GWC home page.

Speaking of things I didn’t know … meet the Corn Palace of Mitchell, South Dakota in the US which is decorated each year with  naturally coloured corn cobs, grains and native grasses to make it “the agricultural show-place of the world”.

“Ear by ear the corn is nailed to the Corn Palace to create a scene. The decorating process usually starts in late May … The corn murals are stripped at the end of August and the new ones are completed by the first of October,” the website says.

The first Corn Palace was built in 1892 with the present building dating from 1921. “The Corn Palace is known around the world as a folk-art wonder on the prairie of South Dakota,” the website says, while this short YouTube video gives an idea of how it’s done.

And don’t miss Gardeners’ World, 9.20pm on Choice TV (Freeview, Ch 12). On  November 16 we were taken on a tour of the 12-acre garden that surrounds Winfield House, the residence of the US Ambassador in Regent’s Park, London. It’s the largest private garden in London after… Buckingham Palace! The head gardener, Stephen Crisp, is basically given free rein so they must be happy with him. He’s met five US presidents and the residence hosts some 7000 visitors a year. Here are the best photos I could find (disregard the last one). The one labelled “Four Seasons Garden” was referred to as “The Green Garden” on the TV show.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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